THE SMUGGLERS ARE COMING!
This year’s Ballantrae Smugglers Festival will take place during the period June to August rather than over a 7 day period in August.
We now have 4 Smugglers’ Trails we piloted last year which start and end at Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre. A booklet is being produced and copies will be available from the Visitor Information Point in Craigiemains with maps of the trails and the smuggling stories related to each one.
To help publicise this year’s festival, the children of Ballantrae Primary School have produced “A Smuggling Animation”, and in June, they will launch a book of smuggling stories, poems and illustrations for children. A percentage of the cover price of each book will go to school funds.
Also in June we’ll be launching the “Smugglers Road Trip Around Scotland: Stage 1 Stranraer to Girvan”. This will tie in with a Smugglers’ exhibition in the McKechnie Institute in Girvan from Wednesday 22 June to Saturday 16 July.
We are delighted that the Tall Ship “La Malouine” will be joining us again for the Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival and, if the weather conditions are favourable, you should be able to see her as she makes her way up and down the coast during the first week in August, delivering contraband and trying to evade the Revenue Cutters!
There will be 3 main Smuggler Festival events in Ballantrae in August:
On the evening of Friday 5 August we will be Landing the Contraband in Ballantrae Bay. After the boats have unloaded the contraband from La Malouine, it will be loaded onto horses and carts before being spirited away through the village to be hidden before it is transported inland. But there is a rumour that the Excisemen (Customs Officers) and the Militia may have been tipped off. Will they appear and try to apprehend the culprits?
On the following evening – Saturday 6 August – teams of two from the village and surrounding communities will compete to win the Ballantrae “Strongman Challenge”. Once again there will be a children’s competition and an adult competition.
There will be a “Smugglers’ Supper” on Saturday 13 August in the King’s Arms Hotel.
Sunday 14 August is the day of “The Ballantrae Smugglers Chase” in Ballantrae Bay with crews of smugglers in skiffs from the surrounding area and further afield competing for the locally crafted trophy.
Watch out for skiff “Come and Try Sessions” details of which are currently being finalised.
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